Year 1 Blog

Welcome to the blog for our Year 1 classes. The year group blogs are a great communication tool. Teachers will be posting news, photographs, details of homework, examples of work, and anything they wish to share with their pupils and parents. Please speak to your class teacher if you have any question, feedback or concerns.

Mrs Foulds

Green Class Teacher

Mrs De Vynck

Purple Class Teacher

We have two year 1 classes. Children in these classes are developing their skills and building on the learning from Foundation Stage. When the children are ready, usually by October half term, the learning becomes based on the Key Stage One National Curriculum Programmes of Study. We still believe that children learn best when the ‘subjects’ are linked in a meaningful way and then basic skills are taught for a real purpose. We encourage the children to take ownership of their learning, ask questions and have a say in the planning process. We hope to motivate all children by taking account of their needs, strengths and interests and provide rich experiences and learning opportunities which will continue to excite them.

Summer 1 ~ Week 3 in Year 1

This week started with the election and parade of our May King and Queen. On Tuesday all children in school sang their favourite songs to entertain the school royalty.

Leo and Caitlin (Purple Class) ~ Lila and Harry S (Green Class)

The children have started writing the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. They remember the story so well, in so much detail, that they didn’t have time to finish writing today! We were really impressed.

In Maths we will start using the strategies we have learnt to add and subtract numbers within 100. They are confident in place value and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Please continue to practice number bonds with your children to help with strategies such as making ten first when adding ones to two-digit numbers.

In Science we planted our beans and we are going to observe and record their growth. We have planted two types of beans so we can compare differences and similarities between them. The children have been very curious and we hope that over this long weekend we will have some roots for them to see.

We are still discussing special books, so if your child has a special book, please bring into class. It will be looked after and sent home shortly.

We also had a visitor from Childnet who talked to the children about how to stay safe when playing with their electronic devices. It was lovely to see some parents who came to the workshop during the day.

Enjoy the long weekend and see you all back on Tuesday.

Mrs De Vynck and Mrs Foulds

Woodland Trust Award Photo Challenge

Picture Challenge

As part of our Woodland Trust Award, we would like to challenge your child to take photos of nature from different perspectives.

Can they lie on the ground and take a picture? Can they look out of a window for a bird’s eye view? Can they look up or down and all around to see how the view changes?

Please send us their best pictures from different view points, including their name, class and where they took the picture from. You can either print them or email the pictures to with the subject as Woodland Trust Competition.

We will choose the 4 best pictures and send these to the Woodland Trust for our Gold Award and these children will receive a prize.

Thank you

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis


Summer Term is here and it brought back the sun!

We are back and the children have shown that they are ready for another term, our last in Year 1. We can’t believe how quickly the year is passing by. The children are showing increased confidence and independence and we are very proud of them.

As you will see in our half-term overview, sent home with their home learning books today, our topic is based on traditional tales, especially the story of “Jack and the Beanstalk”. We have read different versions of the story, re-told the story using sounds during Music Lesson and today the children described some of the characters in the book, using a variety of adjectives.

In Maths we are investigating numbers within 100, using place value charts, part-part-whole model and concrete manipulatives, especially dienes. The children are using their knowledge of number bonds to represent numbers greater than 20. In one of our lessons we investigated the number 100 and how to represent it using groups of 10.

The good weather has allowed us to take our learning outside more often, so please remember to send your children wearing a cap (preferably a school cap), a water bottle and also wearing sun cream. Please apply sun cream at home as children are not allowed to bring it into school.

Thank you to all of you who replied to our consultation regarding the Year 1 school trip. We have had a great response and we have confirmed the educational trip with both  Ashridge Forrest and coach company. Letters will be sent home next week with more details. Inform your class teacher if you would like to help by supporting a small group of children during the trip.

Have you all a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine!

Mrs Foulds and Mrs De Vynck

Aldi Get Set to Eat Fresh Winner

Thank you so much to Harvey in Year 1, for entering the Aldi “Get Set To Eat Fresh” competition.  He won their design a bag competition, which raised £50 for our school.

For our Discovery Room, we are now the proud owners of;

  • cooling racks
  • tea towels
  • wooden chopping boards
  • cleaning cloths

Plus some activity books for lunchtimes.

Thank you Harvey and congratulations.


Science Week Competition

Last week we took part in Science Week.

The focus of this year was to think about materials to make a paper aeroplane. The children chose how they would like to do this, considering which material would be best and why.

They then tested how far the plane flew and thought about ways to improve it.

There were prizes given for the planes which flew the furthest, as well as to those children who thought like scientists and gave explanations as to why they chose the materials.

Well done to these children for making planes which flew furthest

Isa, Jamal and Gowri

Congratulations to these children for their scientific explanations

Sandra, Tomas, Josh, Jake, Ben and Evie.

A final congratulations to Sam H for his perseverance.

A child in Silver Class unfortunately did not get to take their prize home as it has been taken out of her book bag. If your child is not listed above, and has come home with a plane making kit, please return it to either Mrs Hostein, Mrs Fernandes or Miss Lewis to discuss this.

Thank you

Paper airplanes galore ~ Science Week in Year 1

This week we celebrated British Science Week with an experiment to build and improve paper airplanes. First the children built the airplanes using a pattern and a A4 piece of paper and tested them. They then discussed what they could change to make it go further. They could only make one change: the size of the paper, the thickness of the paper or the design ~ fair test. They predicted what would happen and why and recorded in their plans. Finally they tested both and checked if their predictions were corrected. Yesterday they made additional changes to their models and re-tested outside.

Our big write today was a recount of the story “The way back home”, based on the video we watched this week, and using the story maps they drew yesterday.

In Maths we continued to learn about halves and quarters, direction and movement. Next week we will be learning about measuring length. We start by measuring using non-standard units and comparing before moving on to standard units.

While we write the blog, the children are busy moving and grooving at the PTA’s popular disco!

Have you all a fabulous weekend.

Year 1 Team

This week in Year 1

Today we let the children lead us through writing a weekly blog.

*** Purple Class ***

Our big write was about “The Great Paper Caper”. We planned our stories by drawing a story map on Wednesday when some parents visited Purple Class to learn with us.

Chace reminded us that on Tuesday Adam Guillain did a workshop with the whole school and Year 1 acted out the story The Magic Sack. “Quack Quack Quack I want my money back!”. They retold the story using actions and drew the story maps.

Leo and Ziyad explained that in Maths we are learning how to split things (2-d and 3-d shapes) and numbers in two equal parts.We used the part-part-whole model to help us. We had to remember that the 2 parts have to be the same/equal.

In Computing, we are learning to insert clipart into a Word document, change the size of our pictures, insert text and save it.

In Geography, we are learning about maps. In RE, in the last two weeks, we have produced a beautiful stained glass window where each of us draw and painted one tile to form our class window. We described what each design means to us and we love to see the light shinning through.

Green Class wrote an e-mail to Mrs De Vynck reporting their own activities this week.

In Maths this week we have been doing our number bonds, seeing if a number is equal or unequal and sharing it between two. We folded shapes in half with one fold making it equal on both sides.

We have been doing our big write and we were so grown up that we did it with no help. We retold the story of the Great Paper Caper. We needed to remember our capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We were really proud of the work that we did.

In Geography we were drawing maps of our school and had to remember where the shops were, the Juniors and the Church.

On Tuesday the Author came to visit. He did some really good quick drawing and we really enjoyed the story he told.

We asked the children in both Year 1 classes what they like most in our school day and here are some of their answers:

  • Handwriting
  • Maths: Number bonds ~ Halving and Doubling ~ Number bonds to 10: Johan)
  • Read Write Inc
  • Playtime
  • Golden Time on Fridays
  • Art
  • Lunch time
  • Big Write
  • Book Club
  • Daily mile
  • RE and arts
  • PE
  • Assembly
  • We love everything

We hope you enjoy talking to your children about their learning in school.

Have a lovely weekend,

Year 1 team


Our New Eco Ambassadors

This week the whole school are taking part in Waste Week, with a focus of reducing, reusing and recycling.

We elected 12 new Eco ambassadors to launch the week and they will be meeting with Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis to discuss the week and how we can be better at reducing waste, reusing waste and recycling more in school.

Congratulations to

Alex and Peggy in Blue Class

Danny and Dixie in Red Class

Tabitha and Adam in Green Class

Johan and Maryam in Purple Class

Cara and Sam in Silver Class

Autman and Natalie in Gold Class

We look forward to working with you this term

Spring 2 ~ Week 1 in Year 1

We are back in the fast lane. Now we are officially on our second half of Year 1.

In Maths we have been finding the difference between two numbers and applying the vocabulary of “greater than”, “lesser than”, “the difference between … and … is ….”. You could practice this at home using a number line or concrete objects with numbers to 20.

We have started a new book called The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers and the children have written excellent sentences describe what the characters are doing and thinking. They are really enjoying the story. The blurb reads: “A thrilling tale of mystery, crime, alibis, paper planes, a forest and a bear who wanted to win”. This is a really engaging book with captivating illustrations.

The highlight of this week was the Skipping Day. All children had a fantastic experience learning the basic skills for skipping as well as developing their confidence. At the end of the day some children were chosen by Dan, the Skipping Man, to perform an extravaganza of skipping skills. They particularly liked when their friends performed the double dutch skipping.

In Geography we are learning about maps. We will explore our local area at a date to be confirmed. We were hoping that we would be able to spot some early signs of Spring therefore we are just keeping an eye out for warmer weather. During our first topic lesson we explored our local playground and the children built a class map identifying the key features and where they are located.

In PE we are developing our games skills by throwing and catching, dribbling, using different balls and playing different team games. On Fridays, we use our apparatus in the hall and today the children started to learn to move the equipment safely themselves. We talked about how to lift, work as a team and follow instruction.

The home learning books were sent back with a new grid and new spellings. Please remember that we collect these every Wednesday for both classes. We also recommend that children have all their books: library book, reading book and reading diary and home learning book, every day in their book bags.

We wish a lovely weekend, stay warm. See you on Monday.

The Year 1 Team

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